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Akhtar accuses his teammates of discriminating against Kaneria on the basis of religion
Discrimination Allegations

Akhtar accuses his teammates of discriminating against Kaneria on the basis of religion

Pakistan's pride and fastest bowler in the world Shoaib Akhtar made some shocking revelations on a TV show pertaining to religious discrimination.

He alleged his teammates for discriminating against Danish Kaneria and mentioned how some of his teammates were reluctant to share credit of any victory with him and would not eat alongside him because of his religious background.

The 39-year-old has bagged 261 wickets in 61 Tests at an average of 34.79. Shoaib talked about how Danish played a pivotal role in the triumph against England and said Pakistan wouldn't have won the series without his invaluable contributions.

Kaneria, despite his terrific record and dexterity with the ball, was sidelined by the selectors after he was found guilty in a spot-fixing case as he deliberately conceded extra runs while playing for Essex in a match against Durham during County Championship.

Kaneria is only the second Hindu player to represent Pakistan national team; the first was his uncle Anil Dalpat. 

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) strictly prohibits any kind of discrimination and has outlined its policy in the anti-racism code.

PCB's anti-racism code article 2.1 states the offence in unequivocal terms: 'Engaging in any conduct (whether through the use of language, gestures otherwise) which is likely to offend, insult, humiliate, intimidate, threaten,disparage or vilify any reasonable person in the position of a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee, Umpire Support Personnel or any other person (including a spectator) on the basis of their race, religion, culture, color, descent, national or ethnic origin.'

Kaneria claimed in the video clip about how he wasn't involved directly in any spot-fixing case and seconded Akhtar's statements about religious discrimination that he faced in his career. He went on to share his grievances regarding his unpaid remuneration from a TV channel and said he was shown the door by the board and that he didn't get any help from any department in all these years.

He further mentioned he didn't let his personal strife impact his cricket in his ten-year career and shed light on the double standards of the board which - according to him - allowed tainted cricketers to return to the fold but turned a deaf ear in his case.